Riley Oakes, a Marine Corps veteran, and his wife have already settled into their new home thanks to Operation Homefront, an organization that helps military families transition back to civilian life.
On Saturday, the Oakes officially got the key to their new home in Crowley thanks to a partnership between Operation Homefront and Pillsbury.
“It’s a beautiful house,” Oakes said. “It’s great for our family. We have a 2-year-old son, Austin, right now, and then we’ll have another one on the way in August.
Oakes served four years in the Marine Corps. He was medically discharged due to a rare skin disease and is now studying to become an accountant.
“For us to be able to stand in the gap for our brothers and sisters in arms, it’s an indescribable feeling,” said Candace Jules, fellow veteran and housing social worker at the Veterans Transitional Housing Program. “I never get tired of it.”
Jules helped the Oakes family through the process of getting their new home.
They are the third military family to receive help with free housing in the neighborhood.
The other families, united by shared sacrifice, welcomed them during the celebration.
“This from the military, it doesn’t matter what branch you listen to,” Oakes said. “It’s part of the fight. You hug the blowjob is what it’s called. I can relate to these people, and I’ve never spoken to them.”
For these military families, there is no place like home.
Operation Homefront said there are more plans in the future to connect military families with free housing.